— For a full photo gallery of Harrison’s practice, click on this post here.
Now, here’s the last post from David Kiarsis:
The Harrison football team enters the 2010 season with a mix of youth and experience. Last year, the Huskies fell short against both Rye and Roosevelt, two of the best teams in the section, which is something senior captain Stephen Ricciardi hopes to rectify.
“We open up against Roosevelt this year, so if we can beat them — they’re number one in the section — we can show everybody that we can compete with teams like them and that we’re better than them,” Ricciardi said.
Much of the team’s success will rest on how well the younger players respond to the varsity level.
“We have six or seven very good football players, but we need some guys from JV to step up and fill out the roster at a high level,” head coach Art Troilo said. “To be a good football team you have to be good all over.”
Much of the responsibility of getting the younger players ready will be on Ricchardi and fellow running backs and senior captains Alex Acompora and Tanner Knox.
“We just have to make sure everyone is going 100 percent the whole time and that everyone’s going hard,” Acompora said. “People can’t be slacking and everyone has to do their job — no one can be selfish because we need a complete team effort.”
Another big question mark for the Huskies will be the health of lineman Duke Alvora (pictured above). Alvora tore his ACL in the spring playing lacrosse and may not be ready for the season opener but is expected to return. He practiced today, but the Huskies will need him at full strength to be a factor this season.
“He started for us on the defensive line for the last three years and he would be our first four-year lineman starter,” Troilo said. “With him, he’d make any team a very good team — he’s that good.”